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Public Policy Update: Rate Increase to Support Wages for Direct Support Workers A First Step in Right Direction

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Public Policy Update: Rate Increase to Support Wages for Direct Support Workers A First Step in Right Direction

The state budget that passed in December 2021 included funding towards increasing Medicaid home and community-based provider rates so that wages paid to direct support professionals/direct support workers can be increased. While the budget special provision language states that 15.00 per hour is the goal, there is not enough money appropriated in the budget to…

Public Policy Update: ā€œiā€ Services in 1115 Waiver May Help Those Waiting

North Carolina is in the process of seeking approval by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to add ā€œiā€ home and community-based services (HCBS) under our stateā€™s new 1115 Medicaid plan. These ā€œiā€ HCBS services would offer additional supports to people with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid. NC DHHS has requested that most…

North Carolina Public Policy Update: State Budget Passes, Tailored Plans Delayed

Medicaid Transformation Delay While the news below about the budget is very good, delays in passing a state budget coupled with the realignment of county MH/DD/SAS management among LME MCOs mean that the long-awaited Medicaid Tailored Plan rollout will be moved from July 1, 2022, to December 1, 2022. Tailored Plans are an integrated health…

Medicaid Transformation: Watch for Outreach on Standard Plans

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is in the process of implementing Medicaid transformation in North Carolina.Ā For people who use Medicaid as their health insurer, Standard PlansĀ went live July 1, 2021, while Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans are scheduled to launch July 1, 2022. Most people with a diagnosis of autism…

Updated Information on Medicaid Transformation – August 2021

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is in the process of implementing Medicaid transformation in North Carolina. In this process, Medicaid recipients will have their health services transitioned from a fee-for-service model to managed care, which allows for physical and behavioral health services to be administered in one plan. Our stateā€™s plan…

Public Policy Update

No progress on State Budget from House members State Budget Update: The NC House budget is now not expected until late July or early August. House budget leaders are sorting out the implications of billions in federal funding and its impact on the state budget. Some federal funding, like that for health and human services,…

Updated Information on Medicaid Transformation

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is in the process of implementing Medicaid transformation in North Carolina. In this process, Medicaid recipients will have their health services transitioned from a fee-for-service model to managed care, which allows for physical and behavioral health services to be administered in one plan. Our stateā€™s plan…

North Carolina General Assembly Update – State Budget

State Budget Update:Ā The NCĀ SenateĀ passedĀ SB 105,Ā theirĀ version of the state budget bill,Ā on Friday, June 25.Ā This yearā€™s budgetĀ contains aĀ mix ofĀ stateĀ appropriationsĀ andĀ allocationsĀ ofĀ federal funding that has come to North Carolina through several ā€œrecovery actā€ bills.Ā TheĀ NC HouseĀ is expected toĀ release their budget billĀ sometime in mid-July.Ā TheĀ House and Senate will have toĀ reconcile differences between theirĀ budgetĀ bills though the conference committee report before sending theĀ final budgetĀ to the…

June 9: Legislative Day of Action for Direct Support Wages

ASNC and a coalition of groups across IDD, aging, and home and community-based health services will be rallying at the General Assembly on June 9 in support of increased wages for direct support workers.Ā Ā  Legislators have heardĀ ourĀ decade of advocacyĀ for increased access to services,Ā andĀ weĀ expectĀ to see more waiver slots in the upcoming budget.Ā Access to waivers must go…